Mercer Street Grassroots District
This is the second in the First Friday Concerts in the Square series, which will run every 1st Friday May-October. Concerts are FREE & open to the public. The event will also feature The HeART Market, with artisan vendors who pour their heart into their work, and craft activities for the kiddos. ❤ Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs & picnic blankets, and enjoy dining, strolling the shops, creative activities and all The Grassroots District has to offer. Brenna Dugan will open the show from 6-6:45 and Andrew Adkins & 1863 will take the stage from 7-9pm. About the Artists: “Andrew Adkins is without a doubt the embodiment of the current state of roots music in West Virginia, as well as it’s most profound songwriter” -No Depression Magazine After 7 years of fronting the popular Appalachian Stompgrass band The Wild Rumpus at countless festivals, concerts and clubs including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and the AMA (American Music Association) as well as writing nearly all of the songs for their 3 studio albums, Andrew has now firmly established his own voice with the release of his 4th solo album. “Who I Am” on Mountain Soul Records.Produced by Mountain Stage musical director Ron Sowell, recorded by virtuoso guitarist and engineer Bud Carroll and featuring an all star line up on West Virginia musicians, the album showcases Andrew’s wry insightful songwriting and his soulful authentic voice. Andrew is not only a talented singer songwriter, he is held in high regard as performer by his peers. Often accompanied by his close friend, bass player and long time collaborator Clint Lewis, his performances leave a lasting impression. Here’s what Amanda Platt of the Honey Cutters had to say. “His onstage presence is the perfect mix of humor and humility, putting his audience at ease and drawing them into a songscape that originates in the Mountains of West Virginia and stretches to include the emotions and experiences that people of every corner of the country can relate to.” And this from fellow West Virginian Tim O’Brien -”Andrew brings a likable everyman to his live performances….his music and the stories he tells us are honest and real. Andrew reminds us that we’re all in this together.” andrewadkinswv.com Brenna is a singer/songwriter based in Charleston, WV. She creates the kind of music you put on to accompany your thoughts during a drive, music that makes you wonder what lies just beneath the surface. Music is a vulnerable and authentic expression of oneself, that is one of her highest values. She hopes to meet you somewhere between the words and the instrument. See you there.